The healthy breastfed newborn infant is born with extra fluids on board at birth, and when he begins nursing receives small amounts of colostrum. Colostrum is important in providing the baby with protective antibodies as well as sealing the gut from harmful pathogens. Colostrum also stimulates the passing of the black meconium stools, helping to rid the body of biliruben, the substance that leads to jaundice.
These small amounts of early milk are helpful in other ways. The breasts are soft and pliable making latch-on easier than when the breasts are full and sometimes more difficult to assist the baby deeply onto the breast. This gives both mother and baby time to practice the techniques of a comfortable latch.Read more